While pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) or Computer Engineering (BSCE), students may apply to the Master of Science degree in Computational Science and Engineering (MSCS&E). Once enrolled into the combined BS/MS program, students may take graduate level courses. Six credit hours may be accounted for both their BS and MS degrees. Students enrolled in the combined program obtain their Bachelor and Master degree simultaneously when both degree requirements are satisfied. The following, exerpted from "A Handbook for Graduate Students and Faculty (2010-2011 Edition)", details the Graduate School policy regarding the combined program:
"Only full-time students are eligible for this program. Students are eligible to apply to the Graduate School for the combined bachelor's/master's program during the first semester of their junior year (or 64-80 hours earned) and can begin taking graduate courses during the second semester of their junior year (or after 80 hours earned). The student must also have completed half of the departmental hours required for the major.
Students must have a minimum over GPA of 3.25. Individual departments may have a higher standard.
A maximum of 6 hours can be double counted for the bachelor's and the master's degree, but the full number of hours required for the master's degree must be taken. Students must complete all university, divisional, and departmental requirements for the bachelor's degree with the caveat that 6 hours of graduate credit can be double counted with departmental permission.
Students will remian classified as undergraduates until they have completed 128 hours. At that time, the Graduate School will reclassify them as graduate students - if they have maintained an overall GPA of 3.25 and have earned a 3.0 average in all graduate courses. If they have not maintained eligibility to continue, they will be dismissed from the combined program and will complete their undergraduate degree.
Students in the combined program are eligible for assistantships and grants-in-aid upon attaining graduate standing.
Students may receive both degrees simulataneously. If they complete the combined bachelor's/master's program within 6 years of their initial registration as a full-time first-year student, they will receive a transcript notation to that effect.
Students who choose to receive the bachelor's degree in a term prior to finishing the requirements for the graduate degree lose the ability to double count six (6) hours towards both degrees."